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According to authors/historians Tom Mangold and John Penycate, the Cu Chi tunnels are "the most bombed, shelled, gassed, defoliated, and generally devastated area" on earth. Cu Chi town lies on an outside district of Saigon, about 35 kilometers to the northwest. Here, during the Vietnam war, North Vietnamese and VC guerillas built an extensive tunnel network, over 250 kms long and several storeys deep. Over 16000 soldiers used the tunnels as a base and made numerous attacks on the Americans. They even tunneled underneath American bases. Casualties ran high, less than 1/3 of the Cu Chi warriors survived until the end of the war. Today they are remembered as great heroes and the Cu Chi tunnels remain as a symbol of peasant know-how winning over Western technology.
Interactive history. Pay for the ammunition and fire off any type of rifle used in the Vietnam War, including an M-60 machine gun. The price: US $1 per bullet. Remember that an M60 fires over 1000 bullets per minute.
The Cu Chi tunnels. "Cu Chi" must mean midget.
What do you think, General Jill?